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Cairn University    
 
    
 
  Oct 22, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Life


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Undergraduate (All Programs)

Students

The undergraduate student enrollment of approximately 760 is distributed between men and women in a ratio of 45 percent to 55 percent. Sixty-four percent are resident students; 5 percent, married students; 27 percent, minority students; and 2 percent, international students. During the past five years, students have come from almost every state and approximately 42 foreign countries. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York have the largest representation.

Community Life Covenant

Cairn is an academic community of Christian students, faculty, and staff. As such, and in keeping with the mission and vision of the University, members of the Cairn community are to exhibit biblical wisdom and Christian maturity regarding their personal conduct and behavior toward others. They should be sensitive regarding the testimony of their personal lives in representing the Lord Jesus Christ, His Church, and the University. Members of the University community should live according to 1 Corinthians 10:31: “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Christian community involves covenantal responsibility and mutual obligation to one another as members of one body living together before a righteous and holy God. Therefore, members of the University community are to be guided by biblical admonitions to demonstrate Christian love and concern for others, honesty, fairness, justice, kindness, forgiveness, mutual edification, self-control, deference, respect, and social responsibility toward one another and all people.

Because Christian community exists in social and cultural context, members must be careful to demonstrate civility and respect for those with whom they disagree, while exercising wisdom in evaluating the ideas and activities of others. Christians living in harmony share a deep concern for the Body of Christ, defer to one another, reason together, and express genuine Christian love, as outlined in Romans 14.

Additional specific standards of conduct for students, faculty, staff, administration, and trustees, as well as other institutional and governmental policies, can be found in the respective handbooks for each group.

Health Center

In addition to excellent community medical resources, including hospitals and doctors’ offices, the University has a student healthcare facility on campus. The Health Center has regular hours Monday through Friday. Emergency health situations during off-hours are handled by calling 911, the Office of Safety and Security, and/or the appropriate Cairn staff or faculty member.

In order to assist the Health Center and be in compliance with health regulations, all students are required to complete a health form documenting medical history and immunization records. Students are to report any changes in health information or newly prescribed medications to the nurse for inclusion in their health records. Students who have not completed the health form will not be permitted to attend classes or live in the residence halls.

For more information, please visit the Cairn Health Center website.

Alumni Services

Cairn graduates and alumni have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of study and in their local churches for over 100 years. The Office of Alumni Relations considers it an honor to proudly represent over 15,000 alumni who continue to impact the world for Christ.

The Office of Alumni Relations exists to nurture community among the University’s alumni family by providing channels for communication, networking, fellowship, and growth. The Office of Alumni Relations works to maintain mutually beneficial relationships with all alumni of the institution through various events, gatherings, social networking opportunities, communiques, and Cairn magazine.

The primary alumni event each year is Homecoming. Each fall, Cairn invites alumni back to campus to reconnect with their former classmates, faculty members, and friends. Additionally, this event allows alumni to see firsthand how the University continues to grow and expand its scope. Alumni are invited to interact with current students, participate in professional development/networking workshops, watch sporting events, attend musical performances, and participate in other planned events. The weekend is packed with activities for alumni, their families, and guests of all ages.

Current information regarding activities, regional alumni gatherings, news of interest, and other alumni-related information is available on the Alumni section of the Cairn website (www.cairn.edu/alumni), through Cairn magazine, through monthly updates from the alumni director, and via periodic mailings to alumni. Alumni are encouraged to connect with each other through the Cairn Alumni Association Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CairnAlumni) and through the online edition of Cairn magazine (magazine.cairn.edu).

A complete list of alumni benefits can be found online (www.cairn.edu/alumni/#alumniservices).

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

This information is specific to the bachelor’s degree programs (including the First Year Programs). To obtain additional student life information common to all undergraduate programs, see above.

Standards of Conduct

The following standards apply to University students while enrolled in the traditional undergraduate programs at Cairn. These standards are established on the bases of state and federal laws, biblical teaching, and University policy and tradition. The administration is responsible to, and reserves the right to, exercise judgment in interpreting and enforcing these standards and all matters related to them based upon the totality of the circumstances.

1. University students are subject to the responsibility of academic integrity which demands honesty and giving credit to the proper sources.
2. Hazing is classified as a crime by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the University will not allow this type of activity. Hazing is defined as any type of initiation process which includes actions that may potentially cause bodily harm, physical exhaustion, personal embarrassment, loss of dignity, emotional trauma, or mental duress.
3. Harassment or discrimination against others on the basis of race, national origin, age, sex, or handicap is not tolerated. Intimidation and violence through words or action are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, threats, verbal attacks, vandalism, stalking, acts of hatred, and physical attack.
4. Students are to be highly selective in their choices of entertainment and recreation, including television, videos, motion pictures, theater, dancing, sports, reading materials, music, video games, web postings, and file downloads. Biblical standards and discernment, especially in reference to worldly values, profanity, violence, immorality, sexuality, and nudity, should serve as guidelines in making personal decisions in these areas. Pornographic materials, including electronic media, sexually explicit internet sites and email, are not to be viewed, possessed, distributed, or transmitted on or away from campus.
5. Cairn affirms the biblical teachings that a sexual relationship is intended only within a heterosexual marriage of husband and wife. Students are to abstain from any type of sexual activity or immoral relationship outside of the marriage of a man and a woman.
6. Tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, including illegally obtained prescription drugs are prohibited on the Cairn campus. All state and federal laws concerning these are to be strictly observed. In addition, the possession or use of electronic cigarettes (ecigarettes) or other recreational vaporizers in any context, on or away from campus, is strictly prohibited.  As well, all students will not possess, use, or distribute tobacco, illegal drugs, including illegally obtained prescription drugs and similar elements, or gamble, on or away from campus. Additionally, undergraduate students will not poSsess, use, or distribute, on or away from campus, any alcoholic beverage. Further, attendance at clubs, bars, casinos, and similar places is prohibited.

University Ministry Center

The University Ministry Center is home to many of the intentional spiritual formation pieces of the University. The Center integrates a variety of distinct avenues of spiritual growth to the student body with the intent of providing ministry that parallels the student’s academic education. These avenues of spiritual formation include student ministries, short-term mission projects, and other volunteer ministry opportunities. For more information, as well as chapel podcasts, please visit the University Ministry Center website.

Chapel

Chapel exists to provide a central expression of worship and identity as an academic community of believers with a deep commitment to Christ. The University student body comes together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am for chapel services. In addition to the traditional chapel program, students also have the opportunity to attend elective chapels, which are events or programs outside of the traditional (MWF) chapel services for which students may receive chapel credit. Attendance at chapel is required for all students enrolled for nine or more credit hours.

Student Ministries

Undergraduate students are required to participate in student ministries. This requirement is designed to integrate class experiences with church-related professional experience. The primary purposes are to provide opportunities for students to integrate, enhance, utilize, and apply what they are learning in their course work and, in the process, to develop their leadership skills and a heart and passion for ministry. Participation in student ministries will enable a student to:

  • Gain expertise and promote biblical integration in the area of their professional specialization at Cairn.
  • Cultivate a deep passion for a lifetime of ministry service.
  • Share the Word of God with believers and have confidence in the gospel.
  • Serve in the ministry of a local church.
  • Participate in outreach ministries to the community.
  • Develop creative ministry opportunities on campus and in the community that meet the changing dynamics of the culture around them.

While some ministries may not include all of these experiences, the objective is to accomplish as many as possible during the course of study at Cairn. Finding the ministry that fits a student’s giftedness and passions is a critical priority of the University Ministry Center. Believing that the student’s academic learning is enhanced through ministry, the Center staff strives to ensure that the ministry in which a student serves expands the student’s mind and challenges the student’s heart. With that in mind, a number of ministry resources have been created that assist students in locating the ministry location God has for them. The Center offers individual counseling, ministry preparedness assessment, ministry information, and ministry connections with specific contact information.

Participation Requirements

  1. Full-time undergraduate students must satisfactorily register and complete six (6) ministry experiences and receive a satisfactory evaluation from a ministry mentor in order to graduate from Cairn. 
  2. Transfer and part-time students who do not have six (6) full-time semesters (minimum of 12 credits) will have the number of required ministry experiences reduced.
  3. A minimum of two (2) ministry experiences must be completed in a local church setting.
  4. Students may be involved in ministry experiences during the fall, spring, or summer term.
  5. Only two (2) of the six (6) ministry experiences may be completed during a summer term.
  6. Ministry experiences during the fall and spring semesters require the involvement of three (3) to five (5) hours per week for a minimum of twelve (12) weeks. 
  7. Ministry experiences during the summer term require a minimum of fifty (50) hours or a minimum of a weeklong mission trip or camp experience.
  8. A maximum of two (2) ministry experiences may be registered and completed during any given term.
  9. A Ministry Covenant Form and a Mentor Evaluation Form must be submitted by the due date for each ministry experience in order to receive a satisfactory grade.
  10. All students involved in a ministry experience must read and sign a KidSafe Form. KidSafe is a ministry program that ensures all students understand and implement a ministry protocol when working with people under the age of 18. This form is required of all students regardless of their ministry experience and need only be filled out once during their time at Cairn.

Participation in a Local Church

Cairn University is committed to the local church. Involvement in a local church is an integral element of the University’s academic vision and central to accomplishing the mission of the University.

The local church is a body of professing believers organized to do the work of God. It is the local manifestation of the universal church of which Christ is the Head and Builder. To be involved with a local church is to be involved in God’s work on earth. The local church is the ideal place for personal spiritual growth and equipping for ministry. Ephesians 4:11-16 outlines a biblical philosophy of ministry that includes leaders who equip others for “the work of service” and “the building up of the body of Christ.” Every person in this body has a unique and vital role which contributes to the growth and health of the whole body. How God works through the diversity and uniqueness of the body parts is developed in 1 Corinthians 12. In a local church, each member has an opportunity to exercise his/her “divine design” (personality, spiritual and natural gifts, passions, etc.) to help that local body grow. This involvement also results in personal spiritual growth as individual members minister to each other. The gathering of believers for the purpose of stimulation and encouragement is a command of God.

Therefore, Cairn is committed to the importance of the local church as God’s provision for personal and spiritual formation. Students are expected to attend a local church worship service each week.

Oasis Counseling Services

Every effort is made to support students while at Cairn. Students are offered opportunity to secure guidance concerning their personal, spiritual, and academic lives. Resident assistants offer support and encouragement in the dormitories for resident students. The professional departments provide the added help of academic or vocational counseling. The Oasis Counseling Center offers individual counseling for students who feel they would like to talk with someone about personal issues. Oasis counselors are prepared to help students work through a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, body image, eating disorders, relationship counseling, premarital counseling, family conflict, adjustment to college, and other issues. These services are offered at no additional cost to the student. Students who are interested in obtaining personal counseling or participating in a support group can find more information about these services on the Oasis website.

Commuters

Commuters make up a significant percentage of the student body. A concentrated effort is made to include these students in the activities and programs of the University. A Commuter President is selected from the commuter population to represent their interests within the University structure and provide engaging commuter-specific activities. Commuters have access to the student lounge in the Smith Administration Building. This lounge has tables, sofas, chairs, vending machines, microwave ovens, and email capabilities.

Resident Life

Resident life at Cairn is a vibrant and dynamic part of the University experience designed to challenge and support students in their academic pursuits. Each residence hall is a unique learning environment where students have the opportunity to become constructive members of their community, build lifelong friendships, and learn from the diverse student population at Cairn. Focused on fostering student growth, a team of student leaders and a full-time resident director provide programs and services in each residential community that ensure a safe and engaging environment conducive to academic success.

The Resident Life team at Cairn seeks to provide, within each residential facility, a living and learning environment where residents are encouraged to mature spiritually, intellectually, culturally, and socially.

Campus Events

At the University, students enjoy friendships that become lifelong. To complement class and club activities, Student Life plans social functions for the entire University family. Some of the most celebrated events at Cairn include the Hoedown, Build-a-Boat, Starry Night: A Christmas Celebration, the Garden Party, Gala, Upcoming Artists, Coffee Houses, and various residence hall events. Other events include musical programs by various artists and ensembles. More information about on campus events and activities is available on the University Event Calendar or through the Office of Student Life (studentlife@cairn.edu).

Athletics

The University has an intercollegiate athletic program for both men and women. Cairn is affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association as an active member of Division III and with the National Christian College Athletic Association as a Division II associate member. More information is available on the Cairn Athletics website.

Sports for men include soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, cross country, and volleyball. Women’s sports include soccer, basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball, and cross country.

An intramural program provides opportunity for students to experience athletic competition in a recreational environment and profit from physical exercise. There are a wide variety of individual and team intramural sports for men and women, including flag football, indoor soccer, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, broomball, dodgeball, softball, tennis, volleyball, powder-puff football, Ping-Pong, and billiards tournaments.

Recreational facilities include a fitness center with varied exercise equipment, as well as a gymnasium and field space. Six lighted tennis courts are available for play as weather permits.

Academic Fellowship

Most academic programs have student organizations which meet several times a semester. These groups stimulate interaction among students and encourage relationships with professionals in the same field.

Student Organizations

Extracurricular activities at Cairn are designed to broaden the student’s education and enrich his/her personal experience. Students preparing for vocational opportunities need skills in human relations, communications, leadership, and task accomplishment. Such abilities are often developed through cocurricular activities.

Benefits include fellowship with others, opportunities to accept responsibility and learn various skills, the satisfaction of achievement, and hours of enjoyment.

Student Publications

Milestone

The Milestone, the University yearbook, strives to accurately represent the people, places, and events of Cairn. Committed student staff handle the writing, photography, and layout design.

The Scroll

Cairn’s online student newspaper reports on campus and community-relevant news, ideas, and opinions. Creative student staff use journalistic writing, photography, and design skills to meet the deadlines of newspaper publication. This publication can be found on the Scroll website.

Organizations

Ascend

Ascend exists to provide Cairn outdoor recreation opportunities that promote adventure, growth, and fellowship, along with an appreciation and reverence for God’s creation. Activities may include ski trips, camping, caving, surfing, hiking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking, among many others.

Commuter Council

Thirty-six percent of the students at Cairn are commuters. The Commuter President represents their unique interests and needs, as well as assisting entering commuter students get involved in University life.

Enactus

The mission of Cairn Enactus is to glorify God by educating and empowering others to create economic opportunity through free enterprise. Founded by students in the School of Business, the Cairn chapter is one of 1,500 on university campuses around the world. The organization develops community service and ministry projects using business models to aid others and, at the end of the year, submits their projects in a national competition. In recent years, the team has been selected as a regional champion and advanced to become one of the top sixteen Enactus teams in the US. Members of Cairn Enactus are from all majors at the University.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

FCA exists to build camaraderie through attending sporting events, tailgating, and events for fellow FCA members. FCA hopes to impact the lives of others by starting Bible studies. FCA seeks to strive after excellence by establishing accountability partners, inviting guest speakers to encourage the members, and having team devotions.

Mu Kappa

Mu Kappa exists to provide students whose parents are missionaries, international students, and any interested students the shared opportunity to embrace their past, adjust to their present, and be equipped for their future. Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to contribute to the University community.

Student Cultural Association

The Student Cultural Association is determined to provide opportunities for the students, faculty, and staff of Cairn to learn, engage, and appreciate the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the world we live in. This is accomplished through group meetings, discussion forums, art initiatives, community service, and chapel presentations to motivate lifestyles contributing toward cultural reconciliation.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The SGA exists to facilitate communication within the University and to serve the students by challenging them to leadership, service, and community involvement. The Senate cabinet is composed of elected representatives who serve as the student representative body and liaison between students and the administration and faculty of Cairn. They lead the Senate House of Representatives, which meets biweekly with the presidents and representatives from each student organization to give voice to student concerns and promote partnership in shared events of great value to the University.

Student Theological Society (STS)

The mission of STS is to advance the pursuit of God’s truth within the Cairn community by providing a student-led forum for the presentation, consideration, and collaborative discussion of theological issues pertaining to the formation and maintenance of a biblical worldview.

Clubs

Alpha X Epsilon (Teacher Education Club)

Alpha X Epsilon exists to provide opportunities for students to be well-equipped intellectually, socially, and professionally for a positive and effective career in education.

Chi Beta Sigma (Social Work Club)

The Chi Beta Sigma Council serves as a liaison between social work students and the School of Social Work. It directs the activities of Chi Beta Sigma (signifying Christ, Bible, Society), the student organization. All students enrolled in the social work program are members of Chi Beta Sigma. The cabinet plans activities, service opportunities, and chapels, in addition to facilitating communication within the school. Chi Beta Sigma is also a campus chapter of the International Justice Mission (IJM).

Health and Physical Education Club (HPEC)

This club provides Health and Physical Education majors a chance to enhance professional identity and community. It also provides student interaction with professionals outside of Cairn. Student leadership and service/ministry opportunities are afforded both to the Cairn community and the community at large through the programs offered.

Music Educators Association (CMENC)

This organization is open to all music education majors for the purpose of enhancing professional development and commitment through membership in the national association called NAfME.

 

Degree Completion Program

This information is specific to the Degree Completion Program. To obtain student life information common to all undergraduate programs, see above.

Communication

Communication for the Degree Completion Program is distributed through Cairn student email accounts, providing official announcements, group news, and additions and/or changes to Degree Completion policy.

Faculty Counseling/Advising Services

Degree Completion faculty provide students with academic advisement to assist in their academic, professional, and personal decision-making.

Standards of Conduct

The following standards apply to all University students while enrolled in the Degree Completion program at Cairn. These standards are established on the bases of state and federal laws, biblical teaching, and University policy and tradition. The administration is responsible to, and reserves the right to, exercise judgment in interpreting and enforcing these standards and all matters related to them based upon the totality of the circumstances.

1. University students are subject to the responsibility of academic integrity which demands honesty and giving credit to the proper sources.
2. Hazing is classified as a crime by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the University will not allow this type of activity. Hazing is defined as any type of initiation process which includes actions that may potentially cause bodily harm, physical exhaustion, personal embarrassment, loss of dignity, emotional trauma, or mental duress.
3. Harassment or discrimination against others on the basis of race, national origin, age, sex, or handicap is not tolerated. Intimidation and violence through words or action are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, threats, verbal attacks, vandalism, stalking, acts of hatred, and physical attack.
4. Students are to be highly selective in their choices of entertainment. Biblical standards and discernment should serve as guidelines in making personal decisions. Pornographic materials, including electronic media and sexually explicit internet sites and email, are not to be viewed, possessed, distributed, or transmitted on or away from campus.
5. Cairn affirms the biblical teachings that a sexual relationship is intended only within a heterosexual marriage of husband and wife. Students are to abstain from any type of sexual activity or immoral relationship outside of the marriage of a man and a woman.
6. Tobacco; alcohol; illegal drugs, including illegally obtained prescription drugs; and gambling are prohibited on the Cairn campus. All state and federal laws concerning these are to be strictly observed.